As the author of Manage Your IT for Profit: Teach Yourself
I was fortunate enough to meet Charles Handy and was struck by his wisdom and insight into how we manage our businesses. The key words that jump out at you from `The Age of Unreason' are `change,' `discontinuity', `upside down thinking' and `uncertainty'. The changes of the last twenty years have been immense and have challenged our comfortable perceptions of the world. Handy identifies how organisations and individuals must learn to cope with shifting work patterns. The book flows from argument to analysis and through theory to practical examples of how the future, as Handy sees it, might work. This book could have been written today and still have currency and relevance as a roadmap for an uncertain future.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and therefore reviewing this work twenty odd years after its publication, allows a privileged view. One thing impresses and must be emphasised. Handy's journey is one he has personally undertaken. Once you have finished `The Age of Unreason', reflect on the lessons learnt, then read `The Elephant and the Flea,' (2001), in which he describes how the independent life has worked for him. This is more of a reflective and philosophical work, than `The Age of Unreason' but the two can be seen as milestones in a rich and varied life.
Handy succeeds in painting an appealing picture of a future where many of us could work from home using our talents to their full and diverse potential. Read `The Age of Unreason' and imagine how Handy's vision could work for you. Haven't we all dreamed of waking in the morning and commuting an undemanding few yards down the corridor to our home office? Now, where did I put my pinstriped dressing gown?